creates own AI tool

China's largest OTA launched its own large language model (LLM) called Wendao, which roughly translates to "ask for your ways" in Chinese

Jul 19, 2023's travel-oriented Wendao LLM, which is still in the testing phase and only available to a small group of users, was trained with 20 billion quality travel-relevant data sets, bolstered by the company's real-time data and its proprietary search algorithm, according to Liang.

Key takeaways

  • To ensure that Wendao provides the most accurate response, the group also invested in significant manual labour to verify the accuracy of answers generated by the AI model;
  • Apart from using LLM to provide users with precise travel information and deal recommendations, has also applied the technology to streamline its own operations;
  •'s LLM initiative reflects the broader Chinese tech industry's determination to close the gap with the West in building ChatGPT-like services, as Beijing steps up efforts to regulate AI by implementing a national standard for LLMs.

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